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Blog // Connect Ohio

Broadband Inquiry Helps Neighborhood in Appalachia Ohio Get Connected

By Lyndsey Kleven

      After breaking ground on the construction of their new home in 2008, Dave and Lori Nadler began researching Internet provider options for their area in Jackson County. Not only did the Nadlers join a new neighborhood, but they found they now shared a common problem with their neighbors and families living in Appalachia Ohio – a lack of available home broadband service. Contacting two possible providers about extending service to the Nadler home resulted in some disappointing news. One company would not consider investing in the equipment needed to serve the Nadlers and a second service provider wanted thousands of...

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Central Ohio Adults Learn Job Skills Through ECO Training at Goodwill

By Amanda Murphy

Through a collaborative effort between Goodwill Columbus, Ohio State University Extension, and Connect Ohio’s Every Citizen Online program (ECO), central Ohio adults are learning important job skills necessary to be part of today’s workforce – for free. The Every Citizen Online free basic computer and Internet training is being offered through Goodwill Columbus’ Workforce Development program, which help hundreds of adults each year obtain gainful employment. Terry Thompson, the ECO instructor at Goodwill Columbus, has taught 75 students thus far. He says he enjoys helping adults reach their goals of attaining new knowledge....

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Connecting Seniors Through Every Citizen Online

By Amanda Murphy

Tech Wise, L.L.C. knows seniors. It specializes in training senior citizens through more than 60 computer courses targeted to help seniors learn technology skills. When Bill Boxler, co-owner of Tech Wise, was made aware of Connect Ohio’s Every Citizen Online free computer and Internet training program for Ohio adults, he knew it was a great fit for his organization. “Tech Wise has partnered with Lake County Council on Aging since our inception in 2007 to provide computer instruction to area seniors at the county’s 11 senior centers,” said Boxler. “We started working with Connect Ohio to bring the Every Citizen Online program here to Lake...

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Connect Ohio Releases USF Mobility Fund Eligibility Maps & Analysis

By COH Staff

Ensuring ubiquitous availability of next-generation mobile broadband networks is critical to economic development and growth. Recognizing this importance, the Federal Communications Commission later this year will distribute $300 million in subsidies to support the construction of high-speed mobile broadband networks in areas that do not currently have mobile broadband access. Today, Connect Ohio is releasing an analysis of the FCC’s preliminary list of areas in Ohio that are eligible for the FCC’s Mobility Fund. On February 10, 2012, the FCC released a list of areas in Ohio census blocks that it had determined do not currently have access...

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